The Benefits of Solar Lights in ME
With all of the excitement surrounding “green” products and many in Maine advocating a shift to a more eco-conscious way of living, it's no wonder why items such as solar lights have become such a hot commodity. Of course, there is still a lot of mystery and confusion about solar energy and power in Maine.
How Do Maine Solar Lights Work?
There are some basic elements to all solar lights. All solar lights are made up of:
LED - LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are the most common type of bulb used in solar lights. Some models do use halogen (fluorescent) bulbs, and these typically have better brightness. The same effect, however, can be obtained by purchasing a model that employs the use of multiple LED panels.
Circuitry - Generally speaking this is the component that distinguishes a quality solar light from a bad one. The internal wiring is crucial because it dictates the efficiency of the light. The better a solar light can convert stored electricity into light, the longer and brighter it will run.
Batteries - Batteries are rechargeable (by way of stored solar energy), and easily replaceable. Most electronic stores in Maine carry the different types of batteries used by solar lights.
Solar panel - This is the way your solar light cultivates its power.
So the pertinent question remains, do solar lights live up to the hype? In short, the answer is yes. Solar lighting, both indoor and outdoor, is a great alternative that is not only eco-friendly but cost efficient and stylish as well!
What Do I Gain from Switching to Solar Lighting in My Maine Home?
There are numerous benefits to solar lighting:
- Low maintenance
- Easy to install
- Uses a free, renewable, inexhaustible source of energy
- Little or no waste heat generated
- Great for use in remote areas and locations near water
- Designed for all weather temperatures (though some manufacturers advise to store lights during particularly inclement weather)
What Do I Need to Look Out for When Purchasing Solar Lights in Maine?
Despite the various advantages, there are still key things to watch for when it comes to solar lighting. To begin with, make sure you read labeling correctly. Though the technology has come a long way and is constantly improving, a lot of solar lights are made for decorative or accent lighting (for example, garden lighting, or pathway lights). There are solar lights specifically made for everyday use that are brighter and more luminous – make sure to identify your need and purchase accordingly. Solar lights, in all their varieties, can be picked up at any major Maine hardware store, ordered online, or at smaller independently own stores in Maine as well.
How Do I Care for My Solar Lights in Maine?
Additionally, though they require little maintenance, your solar lights should not be neglected. An easy routine of wiping the solar panel clean will prolong and increase the life and effectiveness of your solar light. Most important, however, is to remember that solar lights are entirely dependent on . . . sunlight! The volume of sun exposure they get every day directly affects their performance. Particularly during wintertime months (when hours of sunlight are not only shorter, but the sun itself is weaker because of its relative distance from the sun), the run time of your solar lights will appear reduced.
The savings benefit of switching to solar lights is long-term. Solar lights, upfront, could cost more in Maine than their less eco-friendly competitors. However,a few extra dollars initially, could save you thousands over time.